Anibal Sanchez defeats Marlins in arbitration hearing

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After arguing their respective cases Friday, right-hander Anibal Sanchez has defeated the Marlins in an arbitration hearing and was awarded $8 million for 2012.

Miami submitted a $6.9 million figure, but the arbitrator sided with Sanchez after he threw 196 innings with a 3.72 ERA and 202/64 K/BB ratio last season while earning $3.7 million.

This was Sanchez’s third and final season of arbitration eligibility, so he’ll be a free agent next offseason and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have no plans to pursue a long-term contract extension with the 27-year-old.

Their record in arbitration hearings is now 3-5 since 2003, whereas several teams have gone through just one or two hearings during that same time–and a follow-up performance similar to his 2011 season would put Sanchez in line for a huge payday as a 28-year-old free agent.

Diamondbacks, T.J. McFarland avoid arbitration

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Diamondbacks and reliever T.J. McFarland have avoided arbitration, agreeing on a $1.45 million salary for the 2019 season. McFarland, in his third of four years of arbitration eligibility, filed for $1.675 million while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.275 million. McFarland ended up settling for just under the midpoint of those two figures.

McFarland, 29, was terrific out of the bullpen for the D-Backs last season, finishing with a 2.00 ERA and a 42/22 K/BB ratio in 72 innings. While the lefty may not miss a lot of bats, he does induce quite a few grounders. His 67.9 percent ground ball rate last season was the third highest among relievers with at least 50 innings, trailing only Brad Ziegler (71.1%) and Scott Alexander (70.6%).

McFarland was dominant against left-handed hitters, limiting them to a .388 OPS last season, but the D-Backs deployed him nearly twice as often against right-handed hitters, who posted an aggregate .764 OPS against him. It will be interesting to see if the club decides to use him more as a platoon reliever in 2019.